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Psychologist, Clinical Services - Bay of Plenty

Psychologist, Clinical Services - Bay of Plenty


Oranga Tamariki

Closing Date : 31 Mar 2020

Job Ref: 32281

Fixed Term position until June 2021

Do you want to make a difference for tamariki, rangatahi and whānau? We have a new psychologist position in our regional clinical services team.  In your role you would work alongside other psychologists, therapists, specialist child witness interviewers, and police to assure positive outcomes for tamariki and rangatahi, who have experienced trauma associated with abuse and neglect. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a new way of working with our tamariki and whānau, which provides best practice models of assessment and intervention, whilst working from a Te Ao Māori famework.  For example, you would have the opportunity to be part of developing and delivering Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Tai Ki Uta (a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills group) across the Bay of Plenty.  Apply, and be part of making a positive difference in the lives of the people we work with.

What you will do?

  • Provide psychological and therapeutic assessments including psychological parenting assessments and individual assessments, as well as specialist interventions (e.g., PCIT and DBT) to tamariki and whānau who have experienced trauma
  • Create an atmosphere for tamariki and rangatahi to help them heal
  • Provide consultations to social workers and other professionals
  • Put children and young people first, and make sure their voice is heard
  • Work alongside other government services, non-government organisations, the community and whānau to do what’s best for our tamariki and rangatahi.
     

What you will bring?

  • Be a registered psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board with a current annual practicing certificate
  • Proven work experience as a psychologist with children and young people would be an advantage
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to adapt to your audience
  • Strong engagement and relationship building skills
  • Culturally responsive
  • Empathy, patience and ability to see past what someone may be struggling with
  • Sound judgement and organisational skills
  • The ability to manage risk and make difficult decisions
  • A positive outlook and supporting nature
  • Ability to discern and unpack complex situations
  • Understanding of the Oranga Tamariki Act
     

What’s on offer?

  • A great, knowledgeable team who celebrate each other’s successes
  • Peer support, supervision, case reviews and triage
  • Rewarding and challenging work that truly makes a difference
  • Opportunities for further professional development and ‘on the job’ training
  • Opportunities to work alongside various groups, build your network and strengthen community relationships
  • Flexible working environment
     

Who are we?

Our tamariki and rangatahi deserve to feel safe, have their voices heard and be surrounded by loving whānau. At Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children, we’re on a journey to ensure that it happens. We are a leading social work practice that is child-centred, trauma informed and effective for all cultures.

What team you will work with?

The Clinical Services team are a small team of psychologists, therapists, specialist child witness interviewers and administration who work closely together to provide the best for our tamariki and whanau, as well as to each other. The work we do is broad, varied and very interesting, there are no two cases the same. We work with other government services including Police, which makes this role unique and the outcomes, whether a small or larger win, are hugely rewarding. The diversity in this role provides the flexibility in the use of evidence-based therapy models and intervention tools to achieve positive outcomes for tamariki maori and their whānau. We are committed to services that are culturally appropriate. We recognise and have a commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

How to apply?

Apply online with your CV and cover letter. If you are an Oranga Tamariki employee already, please apply through your myHR portal. If you have any queries, please contact Sravani Peddibhotla at sravani.peddibhotla@ot.govt.nz #LI-ORG. 

Hurry as applications close the 31st March 2020.

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